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Employment Opportunities

Transportation Equity Manager

CNT is seeking an innovative and committed leader to serve as manager of CNT’s transportation program, with a specific focus on transportation equity. The organization has a history of leadership in the transportation field and is recognized as a national innovator and effective advocate in the field of environmental justice and transportation equity. With the hire of this position, CNT intends to strengthen its work in the transportation field. Equity and environmental justice will remain a priority, and CNT will use its analytical strength, policy understanding, and experience in advocacy, community engagement, and development to ensure that transportation investments support equitable outcomes. In particular, CNT will dive deeper into the impact of disruptive transportation technologies on our cities, suburbs, and society in general; the organization will continue to advocate for diverse mobility options, with the most direct focus on public transit as well as freight and logistics. CNT also will continue to take a broad and multidisciplinary view of the transportation system, with attention to its impacts on energy use, climate sustainability and resilience, housing accessibility and cost, economic development, and similar considerations.

CNT is based in Chicago and does significant work in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding states, but also works on a national basis. The transportation equity manager’s interests and ambitions should reflect CNT’s national profile.

CNT expects that the transportation equity manager will contribute to all the above activities in the following ways:

  • Thought leadership. The transportation equity manager will be responsible for positioning CNT at the forefront of transportation policy discussions, particularly in terms of equity.

  • Program development and management. The transportation equity manager will organize CNT’s various transportation initiatives into a coherent program, and will explore, initiate, and manage discrete projects within the larger program. Responsibilities include developing multi-year goals and managing projects and programs.

  • Research and analysis. The transportation equity manager will engage with CNT’s urban analytics department on the production of innovative, original analysis. Strong analytical abilities are a plus, as well as the ability to work with analysts on joint projects. The transportation equity manager will promote the use of CNT’s analytical tools related to transportation and will help guide the design of these tools so that they are as useful to practitioners as possible.

  • Demonstration program management. CNT’s research and analysis are not theoretical but applied to real world cases. The transportation equity manager should be capable of contributing to direct implementation of CNT’s ideas.

  • Advocacy and communications. The transportation equity manager will represent CNT externally in a variety of settings – sometimes supporting existing policies and proposals, but sometimes offering criticisms and challenging the status quo.

  • Fundraising and program support. In collaboration with other senior staff, the transportation equity manager will support fundraising efforts for the transportation program. With support from others at CNT, the transportation equity manager will cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs, and build productive partnerships with other organizations and companies.

Skills, knowledge, and abilities

  • Commitment to equity, environmental justice, and sustainability.

  • Knowledge of emerging issues in transportation and understanding of their potential to affect our cities and broader society.

  • Multi-disciplinary interest, and ability to coordinate with CNT’s ongoing activities in other topics, including water, climate, energy, and sustainable economic development.

  • Strong communication abilities and willingness to engage with external stakeholders, including government, private sector, and the media, among others.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with analytical staff.

  • Willingness to work in a mission-driven organization to accomplish challenging goals.

  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary and diverse team.

  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate staff to achieve desired results.

This position requires education in urban planning, transportation planning, public policy, or related field and at least 3-8 years of professional experience. This position reports directly to CNT’s CEO, and will also work closely with the Vice President of Government Affairs.

For a full position description, please click here

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume by February 17, 2020 to Bridget Torres, bridget@cnt.org.

Or submit by mail:

Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N State, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60602

Please write "Transportation Equity Manager" in the subject line or on the envelope. No phone calls please.


Internship Opportunities

CNT always welcomes interns and views them as important contributors to our work. Internships are designed to expose students to a broad range of CNT’s activities, including data analysis, community engagement, and policy innovation. Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the individual. Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and roles meet your current educational and experiential needs. CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should be enrolled in or recent graduates of an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant field (as defined below). CNT’s internships are unpaid.

Qualifications for all internships for Winter and Spring 2020 include the following:

  • Commitment to CNT’s mission of urban sustainability and equity.

  • Good research, writing, and communication skills.

  • Independent worker but able to work well with a team

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, competing projects 

  • Experience with relevant software, which varies by position but includes programs like ArcGIS, InDesign, Illustrator, R, MailChimp, Salesforce, and a variety of other packages.

Communications and Development interns

Interns will assist CNT with the communications, development, event management, and related fundraising activities that increase the organization’s impact. Positions are available now. Intern contributions may include:

  • Developing newsletters and other communication materials, including social media posts and management of outreach data

  • Reviewing written materials for quality and accuracy

  • Assisting with writing grant reports and/or grantwriting and assembling materials for proposals

  • Researching potential funding or contracting opportunities

  • Assisting with event planning

Interns for these positions should have educational experience in nonprofit management, communications and journalism, or similar fields that can help CNT communicate its mission and expand its impact; this could include general liberal arts education. Interns may also have excellent communication skills and educational experience in urban planning or similar fields.  Knowledge or readiness to learn Salesforce, MailChimp, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software welcomed. 

Program interns: water, climate, transportation, and similar fields

Interns will assist with CNT’s work on its major topical programs on water, climate, and transportation. Some work in related fields, like energy, community development, housing, and economic development is also possible. Interns typically participate in larger staff teams, contributing to activities including:

  • Literature review and policy analysis

  • Field data collection

  • Data analysis and visualization, including spatial analysis

  • Community engagement, resident outreach, and meeting participation

  • Production of issue briefs, memos, reports, and other materials, including writing and, when relevant, document design

Examples of ongoing work that interns could contribute to are described below. Please note that these are limited examples and not a comprehensive list of possible projects.

  • The Great Lakes Water Infrastructure project, which seeks to find innovative ways to manage water infrastructure that improves affordability, promotes resource conservation, and advances sustainable infrastructure management. In 2019, CNT will work directly with city governments in three cities in Michigan and Indiana to implement recommendations from past plans; identify two additional cities to develop actions plans; and produce innovation strategy guides on the co-benefits of green infrastructure and strategies to improve water affordability.

  • RainReady programs in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, as well as the municipalities of Oak Park, Wilmette, and North Chicago. RainReady helps residents take action to reduce flood risk in their homes through installation of green infrastructure; current work involves resident education and design and installation of physical improvements.

  • Participation in Elevated Chicago, which promotes equitable transit-oriented development (in other words, building thriving communities while avoiding displacement) near several CTA stations across Chicago. Active projects within Elevated include planning for art installations and green infrastructure features in several locations; using an EcoDistrict concept to advance sustainability and resilience in transit station areas; and contributing data analysis to the Elevated team.

Interns seeking to support CNT’s programs should have educational experience in urban planning, environmental science, civil engineering, real estate, or similar fields that relate to the health and sustainability of cities.

Data and analytics interns

Interns will assist with CNT’s nationally-recognized data science and urban analytics work, including development of online tools. Intern contributions may include:

  • Spatial analysis using ArcGIS

  • Research on best practices and literature review

  • Statistical analysis using R or similar software

  • Other technical and analytical work

Examples of ongoing work that interns could contribute to are described below. Please note that these are limited examples and not a comprehensive list of possible projects.

  • Calculation of economic and fiscal co-benefits of green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is shown to have significant co-benefits beyond flood reduction; one relatively unexplored benefit is its ability to increase local property values in the areas where it is comprehensively applied. This project will conduct literature review, analyze case study data, develop a theory of the impact of green infrastructure on property values, and incorporate results into online tools.

  • Thorough review of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. While energy use in buildings has decreased, leading to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, the same has not occurred in the transportation sector, making it an increasingly large contributor to climate change. This project will examine and quantify various strategies that could achieve reductions, both for passenger and freight transportation.

  • Calculation of effectiveness of urban efficiency strategies on poverty reduction. This project proposes that place-based investments that improve urban sustainability can also drive poverty reduction and economic equity. Interns could contribute to a national-scale study that compares the effectiveness of various strategies in multiple cities.

Interns in CNT’s data and analytics department should have educational experience in computer programming, data science, or technology-related fields; or have quantitatively-oriented educational experience in urban planning, environmental science, civil engineering, real estate, or similar fields that relate to the health and sustainability of cities.

 

Diversity Policy

View CNT's diversity policy here

 

For information and application, please contact Bridget Torres via email only at

Bridget Torres

Vice President, Talent and Culture

Center for Neighborhood Technology

17 North State Street Suite 1400

Chicago, Illinois  60602

bridget@cnt.org